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More than 300 people looking for jobs in Singapore claimed they were cheated by two men, who pleaded not guilty in the district court on Monday to fraud charges.

The two Singaporean men allegedly cheated more than 300 foreign job seekers from the Philippines, India, Vietnam and Myanmar into paying a number of fees to secure work, but the jobs never materialized.

According to the prosecutor, defendants Clarence Lim Jun Yao, 30, and Terry Tan-Soo I-Hse, 40, were the directors and sole shareholders of three firms. Lim headed Asia Job Mart and UUBR International, while Tan-Soo headed Asia Recruit (AR), the Shin Min Daily News reported.

The men were charged with three counts of running a business for fraudulent purposes between March 10, 2015, and March 28, 2016, when more than 300 foreign job seekers from the Philippines, India, Vietnam and Myanmar fell victims to the pair.

Meanwhile, the men also faced 315 charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, which would be included in sentencing if they are found guilty by the court.

The court learned that job seekers overseas were attracted by online advertisements by Asia Recruit, which promised employment in Singapore. They had to pay the agency a fee of between S$290 and S$390 to get job interviews at Asia Job Mart or UUBR International.

Those who had interviews were then asked to pay another S$180 to secure jobs and told to pay S$650 or S$850 to cover the training costs as a new employee.

Both defendants are on bail of S$110,000 each.

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